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Morning Routine: Shoe Care Tips | FAQ

Morning Routine: Shoe Care Tips. We love to help the well-dress acquire and care for their wardrobes and want to provide our customers with the information they need about our amazing products.

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Reading Your Comments ? – Top 5 Shoes, Unboxing & More…

Reading Your Comments ? – Top 5 Shoes, Unboxing & More… Q&A 48 In this video, Kirby Allison replies to several of the questions and comments asked by our YouTube Audience on our videos from this month. He covers a range of topics, including shoes, shaving, suits and more. We love hearing back from our customers and audience and endeavor to respond to any and all questions. If your question or comment was featured in this video, please reach out to our customer service team to receive your shoelaces.

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Shoe Lace Length | FAQ

In this FAQ, Kirby explains how to appropriately size your shoelaces for your favorite dress shoes.

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How To Clean A Dirty Chamois? | FAQ |

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Edge Dressings l FAQ l

In this video, Kirby Allison explains how to properly polish your shoe’s edges with the Terrago Edge and Heel Dye. We love to help the well-dress acquire and care for their wardrobes and want to provide our customers with the information they need about our amazing products.

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Bringing the Heat – Tips for Professional Summer Dressing

For those who are occupationally required to be well dressed or those who just like to, the summer can be an especially daunting time. The scorching temperatures and humidity are just a couple of the things that make dressing well during the summer less enjoyable. We probably all have memories of being suited up for work or a meeting, and under neither your jacket, are sweating profusely.  With KAHP being located in North Texas we are all extremely familiar with the hot weather and how to adapt to it. These tips will hopefully make your summer wardrobe feel much cooler, both literally and figuratively.

The biggest thing to remember with dressing during the summer is airflow. Selecting fabrics that have an open weave is essential to staying cool. Many fabrics may seem light but would be less than ideal for hotter climates. Many suiting and trouser fabrics are woven in a tight/fine weave that can feel very silky and lightweight. Do not be fooled, while it may be lightweight, it will wear warm. When a fabric has a tight weave, air cannot pass through the fabric as easily. When selecting fabrics for summer, hold up the fabric to light to see how much light is passing through, how much can you see through the fabric? Not long ago, I bought a pinstripe suit in lightweight wool and was planning to wear it all year long. I was having to be especially active at work and was burning up by the end of the day. While many may see wool as a no-go summer fabric, not all wools are created equal and some are excellent for the for sizzling months. Enter fresco, high twist, and tropical weight wools. These fabrics have an especially open weave/breathable that is also incredibly wrinkle resistant. I bought a 100% Wool Fresco jacket made with Loro Piana fabric, it shipped from Norway and ended up taking three weeks to arrive. Upon arrival in a very sketchy looking parcel, the jacket shook out and had no wrinkles whatsoever. For gentlemen who need to wear a jacket to work, this is what you should be looking for your primary fabric for your summer suit, jacket, and trousers.

Another great option for a summer fabric is a Wool blend (e.g. Blended with Silk, Linen, Cotton, etc.). These blend in different volumes makes incredible sport coats! The wool provides the needed structure and wrinkle resistance that would otherwise be lacking from something like a 100% Linen coat. The silk can add a subtle touch of sheen, and the linen and cotton can kick in a great slub and lightness. Creating some of the best all-around summer sportscoat fabrics. Selecting a Wool blended with a few of these other fabrics in a lighter color and a classic pattern will seamlessly work into any professional man’s wardrobe.

 

But what about something a little more, imaginative? This area may be one of the most fun categories of dressing, it is where you can dress up, but don’t necessarily need to.  A great option for the summer is a casual lightweight sport coat with little to no structure with either a lightweight chino or a light color jean. This kind of combinations is an excellent way to experiment with color, texture, and patterns to create something unique but still classic.  One great example of this is the summer classic, the madras jacket.

This one from made from 100% linen with no canvas or padding is a great way to pull a very casual outfit together.

 

Like southern gentlemen of times past, a great cotton suit is a great way to push through the heat.  A great tan poplin suit is a classic and enjoyable option for the summer that can be dressed up or down. Pairing with a sky-blue end on end shirt and tie for when you need to be comfortable but formal. The tan poplin suit looks equally great dressed down, with an open collar linen shirt and loafers that is a great look for the weekend.

Another variant of this that you can wear in a very similar way is a cream cotton or linen suit. Definitely more daring in regard to color, especially if you are afraid of stains.

 

With almost everything, the little details are going to be what sets you apart from the pack, especially for the summer. Having a jacket with less structure and lighter canvas (or no canvas) will ensure better ventilation for very unpleasant heat. While I know many who are averse to it, a partial jacket lining will help keep you cooler. A half or French lined jacket is a detail that is not only aesthetically pleasing but profoundly functional.

There are many options for dressing for summer but evaluating your needs and wants out of your clothes is important. What may be the right option for me may be entirely wrong for someone else. If you are unsure of what will work best for you, I recommend going to a great local retailer that stocks the items that you think may be a good option for you. Go and try on a couple of different styles and fits to get a feel for what you like. Another option would be commissioning a custom piece, this way you can ensure that the fit will be to your liking and that the fabric will be exactly what you need. While we will always do our best to give you excellent, expert advice, trial, and error are the best style teacher.

If you have any questions about what we covered in this article or have any questions about menswear, send me an email at caleb@hangerproject.com

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Yak Hair Shoe Shine Brush? | FAQ |

In this video, Kirby Allison explains how to store your shoe care products at home. We love to help the well-dress acquire and care for their wardrobes and want to provide our customers with the information they need about our amazing products.

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Dress for Success! – What to Wear for an Interview

Many of you may feel that what you wear for an interview is a secondary concern, but a couple of months ago, it was the top thought on my mind. I had been contacted by Kirby to meet following the news that I was going to the finals of the World Championship in Shoe Shining. Working in men’s clothing retail, I was typically one of the best-dressed guys most places I went and never gave it much thought past that. This occasion was different though. Knowing that Kirby was a man of both knowledge and taste on all things menswear I really had to think through what I would wear to our meeting. I thought about all the little details that he may notice; did I pick a good tie, did my jacket fit properly, were my pants to0 short(probably). I nervously put a couple looks together before deciding what I would wear.

While being prepared for all the questions in an interview about your work experience, product knowledge, and education are all extremely important, there is no denying that a strong visual impression is made when you meet someone for the first time, either conscious or subconscious. Whether you are someone like me who cares about clothes and the minutia of style, or just someone who wants to be presentable and respectful for your interview these guidelines will definitely point you in the right direction.

  1. A solid foundation

Every outfit must have a solid foundation, and for men that means shoes. If you are budgeting how much to spend on an outfit for an interview or just to have in your wardrobe, I highly recommend spending the most on your shoes. If you purchase a pair of high-quality shoes and maintain them well, they can last decades. I used to shine shoes for my tailor, and he had many pairs of beautiful Berluti whole cut shoes that he had been given as a gift. They were in immaculate condition and incredibly classic. He told me that the shoes were probably older than I am. Although he wore them gently, he also took proper care of them, something every young professional should learn how to do.

We recommend that for your footwear that you select a black or espresso leather cap toe oxford lace up. While these may seem like a boring and unexciting shoe to spend a significant amount of money on, remember this. An interview is not a time to show “self-expression” through your clothing. Wearing a well-polished pair of oxfords is a simple and elegant choice that shows professionalism.

  1. The Armor

It sounds clique at this point, but it is true, a suit really is a man’s modern armor. While your job may not require a suit, we wholeheartedly recommend having one. If you are only are going to have one suit in your wardrobe, it should be navy. The great thing about a navy suit in a year-round weight fabric is that it can act as three different outfits.

One, the full suit. You cannot go wrong wearing a suit to an interview. The worst thing that can happen is being slightly overdressed, which we believe to be much better than being underdressed.

Two, just the jacket. If you get a suit in a lightweight fresco or tropical wool, the suit jacket can double as an excellent blazer that would look very smart with grey or tan wool trousers.

Third, just trousers. The navy trouser is a staple of every man’s wardrobe and looks great with just a shirt and tie, or with an odd jacket (more on that later)

  1. Fit, fit, and fit!

Unlike many types of clothing that can fit well with no alterations, tailoring is not one of those things. Regardless of how much you spend on your suit or blazer, getting it tailored is key. It is always better to have a cheap suit that has been altered, vs an expensive one that does not fit. Finding a good alterations tailor can be very difficult and costly depending on where you are, but once you find one that is good, you will find yourself taking in old items to get the fit perfect.

We will cover proper etiquette for getting alterations in the future…

One important thing to remember when starting out with tailoring is that a good alterations tailor will know how to alter your clothes to fit your body type best. Your jacket should have a bit of shape without being tight. Having a ¼ inch of shirt cuff showing is the perfect amount.

The trousers should fit comfortably, while still having good lines. I would opt for a slight break in your trousers. If they are too long, they will look sloppy, too short and you might look like you are a bit too fashionable(me).

  1. Button Up

This will be the easiest part of your outfit to choose. Wear a white poplin dress shirt with a spread collar and button cuffs.  The hardest part of finding a good dress shirt is finding the right collar that will compliment your tie as well as your suit. If your suit has a wider lapel, then picking a shirt with small collar point would look disproportional. You should aim to have your lapel width, collar point, and tie width all about the same width.

  1. Accessories

This is where many guys feel the need to go overboard, in an interview, wearing a tie bar, cufflinks, or other such items would not be appropriate. Remember that less is more, and subtlety is key. There are only two or three things you should be wearing, tie, pocket square, and maybe a watch.

For the tie, I would recommend a grenadine weave tie in either a solid dark color or with a stripe to add just a little something. A crisp white pocket square in a TV fold with just a small amount showing will do the trick.

  1. Conclusion

This sums up the outfit I wore to my first meeting with Kirby almost exactly. I wore a Dark Blue Tropical Wool Jacket, Medium Grey Trousers, spread collar dress shirt, double monk strap shoes, a dark green grenadine tie, and a white pocket square.

I remember walking into my meeting with Kirby feeling confident, nothing was too showy, the fit was good, and I was ready. Hopefully, this article will help alleviate some of the stress of whatever interview you are preparing for and help you feel confident and ready.

 

If you have any questions about what we covered in this article or have any questions about menswear, send me an email at caleb@hangerproject.com

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Wet Shaving & Styptic Pencils l FAQ l

In this video, Kirby Allison shows how to take care of nicks and scratches you can get while wet shaving. We love to help the well-dress acquire and care for their wardrobes and want to provide our customers with the information they need about our amazing products.

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How Are Leather Soles Replaced?

In this video, Kirby Allison replies to several of the questions and comments asked by our YouTube Audience with a theme of Leather Soles. We love hearing back from our customers and audience and endeavor to respond to any and all questions. If your question or comment was featured in this video, please reach out to our customer service team to receive your shoelaces.